Gothic Valley

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 12/13/2019
Name: Steve Banks

Subject: Gothic Valley

Aspect: North East

Elevation: 9,500’
Avalanches:

No avalanches observed.

Weather: Left the Snodgrass TH a little after 2 pm in a nice lull in the storm. Got a little sun, broken skies and light winds. Could see moderate to intense wind loading at ridge top on White Mtn. Temps started off relatively mild in the mid 20’s and dropped significantly through the afternoon. Ceiling dropped and light snow beginning again by 5 pm.

Snowpack: Average 7” of new snow BTL with some wind effect. Average HS 40cms. Still lots of grass and bushes showing on southerly slopes. Stomping on steep road cuts produced some cracking, though less than expected. Cracks went full depth to basal facets.